Attention Deficits: Is it ADD/ADHD or APD?

Children with attention deficits can be hard to diagnose. Is it attention deficit disorder (ADD)/ Attention Deficit Hyper Activity Disorder (ADHD) or is it an Auditory Processing Disorder (APD)? Auditec offers tools to help professionals correctly diagnose children so that appropriate steps can be taken to manage the attention deficit.

Many professionals still rely on solely on subjective information such as observations by parents and teachers to diagnose ADD/ADHD. However, there is an objective, quantifiable test to help diagnose (or rule out) ADD/ADHD as a cause of the child’s attention deficit. It is called the Auditory Continuous Performance Test (ACPT). This test is a recorded word list given in quiet (no background noise). The child listens and responds to a target word. It is a pass or fail test with normative data on ages 6-11.

Auditec provides established and reliable tests like the Auditory Continuous Performance Test. With these tools, skilled professionals can confidently diagnose children with the correct disorder(s). Then recommendations can be customized according to the diagnosis to help the patient succeed in life. “Problem kids” become superheroes, and their skilled professionals do too!

Selective Auditory Attention Test© (SAAT)

The Selective Auditory Attention Test© (SAAT) is a monaural low-redundancy speech test. It was developed to aid in the early identification of young children who have poor ability to attend (attention deficit), especially in noise. The SAAT is a closed set picture pointing task, employing the Word Intelligibility by Picture Identification First Edition (WIPI 1st Ed.) words and pictures. SAAT consists of two parts, two lists of WIPI 1st Ed. words in quiet and two lists imbedded (mixed) in a semantic distractor, which is a competing message (an interesting story). The signal-to-noise ratio is a nominal 0 dB. The SAAT can be given with earphones or over a loudspeaker.

The Selective Auditory Attention Test© (SAAT) includes a) SAAT audio recording, and b) WIPI 1st Ed. Picture CD-Rom, and c) SAAT instructions and score forms as printable pdf files. The seventeen-page instructions include information on administration, scoring, and interpretation. Normative data is included for ages four through nine. Available from Auditec, Inc. Use the “Buy Now” button below or call 1-800-669-9065 (from US) or 314-416-1050 (outside the US) to order.  FREE shipping within the contiguous US.

Selective Auditory Attention Test© (CD Format); Item 143; Price $86.00 USD + S&H* 
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